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June 2022 Edition

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Happy Pride Month!
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement would like to wish everybody a Happy LGBTQIA Pride Month! Despite the challenges we continue to face, our LGBTQIA communities also deserve to celebrate our successes. Whether you are out or not, or whether you identify as part of the community or as an ally, know that the Office is here to celebrate you each and every day.

This month, you can celebrate Pride Month by:

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Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops
    • LGBT Youth Rights: June 25
LGBTQIA Youth Rights
Saturday, June 25 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Esther B. Groves Branch Library (5520 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407)

Learn more about the rights that LGBTQIA youth have in schools, as well as how to support LGBTQIA inclusion in our classrooms and libraries. The event will feature guest speakers from Transgender Education Network of Texas.
This event is open to *all* community members in West Texas. Learn more about the entire series of South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops online.
RSVP for LGBTQIA Youth Rights

Student Organization and Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association: June 14
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: June 22
  • Q'nnections
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
  • PrideSTEM
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
Tuesday, June 14 | 5:30 p.m.
Café J (2605 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79407)
The LGBTQIA FSGSA supports faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify as LGBTQIA through networking opportunities, social activities, and advocacy on issues important to the community. Reach out to Dr. Kirsten Cook for more information.

You are welcome to attend the Monthly Social even if you have not RSVP'd!
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social on June 14
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
Wednesday, June 22 | 7:30 p.m. CT
The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) Pride Network connects Texas Tech University and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) alumni.
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting on June 22
Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Q'nnections is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify either within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. Q'nnections aims to create opportunities for socialization, professional development, and community building.

Q'nnections will resume meeting in Fall 2022. To get involved, email organizers
Jackie Price and Amy Prause.
Join Q'nnections
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
Tech GSA is a student-led LGBTQIA+ and allies organization striving to make Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a safe and welcoming place to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our meetings promote an open-minded atmosphere and a new social experience for like-minded individuals. We will always be open to new ideas and suggestions in this organization and always welcome new members.

To get involved, contact Tech GSA via email at or on TTU GSA's Facebook.
PrideSTEM is a student professional organization at Texas Tech University of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

To get involved, contact PrideSTEM via email at or on Instagram @ttupridestem.
OUTlaw's purpose is to build awareness of legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, promote social equality and acceptance, and foster an inclusive community at Texas Tech School of Law. Organization activities include, but are not limited to, panel discussions, guest lectures, film screenings, community activism, social events, and networking activities.
To get involved, reach out on OUTlaw’s Facebook, on Instagram @ttuoutlaw, or via email at
TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
The TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community through advocacy and education geared towards eliminating healthcare disparities within our community. The group is specifically open to folks who are involved at TTUHSC.
To get involved, join
TTUHSC GSA's Facebook.

Peer Education Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • Request an IGNITE! Workshop
Proud Ally: Supporting the LGBTQIA Community at Texas Tech

Request an IGNITE! Workshop

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is available to present for your student group, office, or organization! IGNITE! educates on the lived experiences of LGBTQIA people and provides support to students, faculty, staff, and community members in their development as authentic allies. 
Go to the IGNITE! webpage to learn more about our available sessions. Contact Kaity Swecker, graduate assistant for peer education, with any questions.
Request an IGNITE! Workshop

Resources and Scholarship Opportunities

In this Section:
  • TTU LGBTQIA Resources Available over the Summer
  • LGBTQIA+ Guide to Brave Student Housing
  • Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
TTU LGBTQIA Resources Available over the Summer
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement will continue to be open throughout the summer. If you need assistance with navigating medical and mental health resources, housing resources, and more, or if you are searching for community, do not hesitate to reach out! Contact the Office via email at or phone at 806-742-5433.

LGBTQIA+ Guide to Brave Student Housing

If you are an LGBTQIA student navigating on-campus housing, feel free to take a look at the Office's LGBTQIA Guide to Brave Student Housing! Learn more about gender-inclusive Flex Housing (for returning students), or reach out to our partners in University Student Housing to request accommodations. Contact program manager Stephen Chao with any questions about the guide.
Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
Tuesdays | 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Speech Language and Hearing Clinic - Suite 2A300
The Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program is a free resource for transgender individuals to gather with speech language pathologists, work on vocal presentation, and share support. The group meets in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at 3601 4th St. For any questions, contact organizer Dr. Angela Van Sickle via email at or phone at 806-743-9053.

LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project: Call for Interviews

Oral History Archive Interest Form

The Office will be conducting oral history interviews for the Texas Tech LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project. We hope to draw from LGBTQIA and allied TTU alumni, current and former faculty/staff, and Lubbock community members. If you are interested in being interviewed for the project, fill out the Oral History Archive Interest Form.
The LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project, organized by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement in partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, collects archival resources and oral histories from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied community. The goals of the project are to:
  1. Collect and preserve the rich history of social progress relative to LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, and throughout west Texas;
  2. Create a collection of accessible materials that capture the past and benefit the present; and
  3. Establish a program to highlight the lived insights and knowledge of LGBTQIA people and allies.
For any questions about the project, please email program manager Stephen Chao.

Community Collaborations

In this Section:
  • OUT for Health at TTUHSC: June 13 - 16
  • Spring Queening: June 16
  • LubbockPRIDE 2022: August 27
  • Register for Fall 2022 Course -- ENGL2306: Introduction to Drama
OUT for Health
June 13 - 16
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
As part of National LGBTQ Pride Month, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center strives to remove barriers for marginalized individuals in an effort to create greater access to high quality care to eliminate health disparities.

Programs this week include:
  • Wednesday, June 15: LGBTQ Health Townhall
    • Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the LGBTQ Health Townhall that will bring awareness to health disparities for LGBTQ people, engage in discussion around issues related to the health of LGBTQ people and more. The townhall will feature Dr. Colt St. Amand. Join the LGBTQ Health Townhall via Zoom.
  • Thursday, June 16: Diversity Resource Fair and T-Shirt Distribution
    • Learn more about programs and services available to students, faculty and staff, while celebrating diversity. OUT for Health at TTUHSC t-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-request basis. Students, faculty and staff who are unable to attend (i.e., online learners, campuses, etc.) may email to request a t-shirt be mailed.
Learn More about OUT for Health
Spring Queening
Thursday, June 16 | 7 p.m.
TTUHSC Academic Event Center (3601 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79430)
The 2022 Allies Week Spring Queening Charity Drag Showcase is hosted by the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Genders & Sexualities Alliance and the Office of Global Health to celebrate and support the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. Highlighting the perseverance and growth of the local queer community through the art of drag, the event stars Lubbock drag queens and is open to drag fans of all ages! This performance focuses on inclusion and accessibility and functions to encourage and educate allies within the TTUHSC and Lubbock communities.

This event is free and open to the public. Cash tips are encouraged! Change cannot be made at the door. All proceeds from the event will be donated to

For additional information about the event, please contact the Office of Global Health at 806-743-2901 or
Learn More about Spring Queening
LubbockPRIDE: 10 Years of Pride
Saturday, August 27
Rodgers Park (3200 Bates St, Lubbock, TX 79415)
Join LubbockPRIDE in celebrating its 10th anniversary at Rodgers Park! LubbockPRIDE's annual LGBTQ+ pride festival brings together Lubbock and the surrounding communities for a day of fun, education, food, and fabulous performances! The event is family friendly and welcomes people of all ages.

LubbockPRIDE's website to learn more about opportunities to sponsor, become a vendor, volunteer, or perform at Pride.
Participate in LubbockPRIDE
ENGL 2306: Introduction to Drama - Sexualities Before Sex Education: Queer Acts from the Page to the Stage
Fall 2022, Tuesdays and Thursdays | 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Department of English, Room 106

Recent Netflix drama series, including the highly popular account of American trans lives in Pose and British sexualities in Sex Education have built on the success of Tony Kushner’s two-part play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes first televised by HBO in 1994 and the British and American series Queer as Folk and The L Word in the 1990s and 2000s.  

Recent though it may seem, the LGBTQ+ drama, which brought queer words from the page to the stage, does not begin with television series in the 1990s or the 2000s.  In 1968 Mart Crowley wrote The Boys in the Band, a moving account of the closeted social life of American gay men. In 1978 British playwright Caryl Phillips’s Cloud Nine parodied sexual-social norms in Victorian England by introducing gay and lesbian sexuality in a conventional British family. And Scottish-Nigerian author, Jackie Kay, has been writing about the lives of black lesbians and trans people since the 1970s well before Kushner’s Angels in America was hailed a bringing pressing concerns such as AIDS and homophobic responses to the epidemic into the national limelight.  Later in the decade Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (1999) was based on interviews of Laramie, Wyoming citizens, in the aftermath of the murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, and subsequent trial of his killer.  

In this course we will examine queer drama and film (from the US, Britain, India and South Africa) to emphasize how queer drama has played a crucial role in changing the way LGBTQ+ lives have been represented since the 1960s. Our focus will be on a selection of plays, film, and life-narratives in connection with key concerns in LGBTQ+ studies. 

Reach out to
Dr. Kanika Batra, Professor of English, for more information about the course.


List your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers!

Transgender and Gender Expansive People of Color in the Workplace
Researchers at Texas A&M University are interested in interviewing transgender and gender expansive (e.g., genderqueer, gender non-conforming, nonbinary) people of color to understand more about their experience in the workplace. Specifically, researchers want to better understand their perceptions of and attitudes towards organizational policies and practices. In order to participate, individuals must:  
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be actively employed
  • Identify as a racial and/or ethnic minority 
  • Identify as transgender or gender expansive
  • Live in the United States
  • Have access to a computer or smart device with Zoom access and working video and audio.
Participants will be paid with a $25 Amazon gift card for participation. Contact Kristen Jaramillo with any questions.
Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Self-Efficacy in Sex Practices within the LGBTQ+ Community
If you self-identify as being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and are 18-26 years old, we encourage you to take part in this study. This study will benefit society by understanding young adults' access to sexual health information and resources within the LGBTQ+ community. Your participation will be confidential and voluntary.  You may contact principal investigator Evelyn Tello-Mendoza for any additional information or questions regarding the study. 

Bisexual Men & Well-Being
Researchers at the University at Albany need your help in understanding the relationship between masculinity, internalized homophobia, non-attachment, psychological distress, and body image concerns. The study should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate if you: 1) self-identify as a bisexual man, 2) are over 18 years old, and 3) are fluent in English.

LGBTQ+ & Ethnic Identity Study
Shari Brown, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, is seeking participants for a study of identity and resilience among LGBTQ+ ethnic minority people. Eligible participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for completing a 10 - 15 minute survey. To participate you must be over 18 years old and self-identify as LGBTQ+ and an ethnic minority.

University of Connecticut and Human Rights Campaign 2022 Youth Survey
Researchers at the University of Connecticut and The Human Rights Campaign are conducting a survey to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-18. We want to know about youth’s experiences as an LGBTQ+ person at home, in school and across various aspects of their daily lives. All responses will be confidential and those eligible who complete the survey can receive a $5 gift card. 
  • 2022 Youth Survey
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Connecticut, IRB #H21-0087

Internalized Homonegativity and Infidelity among Black Men who have Sex with Men
We are interested in learning more about how your sexuality beliefs are associated with a range of sexual behaviors. To participate in this study, you must be over the age of 18 and residing in the United States. You must identify as a Black man and have engaged in sexual activity with another man. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete an online survey. You will be asked questions about your sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status, sexual practices, and sexual history. You will also be asked demographic questions. Some of the questions are personal in nature. If you choose to participate, you can choose to enter a drawing for one of four $25 prizes. Contact Dr. Dana Weiser (806-834-4912) or Beni Hamuli with any questions. Questions can also be directed to the Human Research Protection Program.

CREW 2 Research Study
A research team at the University of Connecticut is recruiting additional/new participants for a research study on college students' social relationships, health, and well-being across the academic year. You are invited to respond to a brief questionnaire to see if you qualify to participate in the CREW 2 research study. You are only eligible to participate if you have not previously participated in this study. The questionnaire contains several questions to determine eligibility and should take five minutes to complete. If you are eligible to participate in the study, you will be invited to complete an online survey, and will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for participating. In addition, you may qualify to complete a future survey and earn an additional $20. Contact the recruitment manager, Tracy Walters, with any questions.

Study on Trans Body Image
Vic Yamasaki at the Gender, Culture, and Health Lab at the University of Maryland is currently conducting a study on transgender folks' attitudes and health. This is a 30-minute, one-time survey. Participants who complete the survey are entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ Campus Communities
If you are a director/administrator of a campus LGBTQ+ Center or you identify as an LGBTQ+ college student, we invite you to share your perceptions on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted student life. The survey will ask questions about the challenges faced as a result of greater social distancing and isolation. The instrument should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the appropriate link that will direct you to the informed consent form and survey. We thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our study.

Intimate Partner Violence and the Queer Community
This research project is seeking participants to complete a short (15 minutes) online survey focused on experiences of abuse and unhealthy behaviors in intimate relationship(s) in the LGBTQ+ community. All participants must be 18 or over, live in the United States, and be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. You will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a gift card ($100, $50, $20, & $10) for your participation. If you have any questions/concerns, please email Roxanna Ast.
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Rutgers University, School of Social Work, IRB #Pro20211001794

Race & Mental Health Paid Study
The aim of this research is to better understand the contextual factors that influence gay, bisexual, and queer men of color's behaviors and attitudes related to mental health, physical health, and relationships. We are seeking participants who identify as gay, bisexual, or queer men of color and who are over 18 and live in the U.S. To participate, email Thomas Le.
  • Race & Mental Health
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Maryland, College Park, IRB # 1802523-2

#WhyNotMe - A Holistic, Developmental Approach to Promote Diversity in STEM
Are you a minoritized* individual who has a story about their journey in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)? *for example, a woman, a person of color, LGBTQIA, first in your family to go to college, and/or a person living with a physical disability Researchers at Texas Tech University are seeking participants for a 10-minunte online survey about their experiences with the STEM fields. 
  • #WhyNotMe
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB #2021-387

Transgender Experiences
This research study is seeking transgender people to complete a 15-minute online survey regarding LGBTQ+ community connection! Participants must be at least 18 years of age, currently live in the US, identify as transgender, and speak fluent English.

Experiences of Queer Latinx Men at Hispanic Serving Institutions
We are looking for queer Latinx men between the ages of 18 and 28 to participate in a research study on experiences on a college campus. This study will involve a 60 minute confidential interview. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Research participation is completely confidential. Interviews may be conducted by phone or via video conferencing. Interviews conducted by phone will be audio recorded. Interviews conducted via video conferencing will be audio and video recorded. 

Relationship Satisfaction and Communication Among LGBTQ+ Individuals
This survey is anonymous and looks to ask questions about people's relationship experiences.

Gender and Attachment in LGBTQ Relationships
Participation includes completing an online survey that will take 15-45 minutes to complete. To participate in the study, you must have had at least one same-sex romantic relationship and/or identify as transgender. Participants must be 18 or older and participation will be completely confidential without the need to provide your name. Some questions may be sensitive in nature, so keep in mind that you can choose to discontinue at any time.
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